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Sallie

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  • A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (668)

    Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

    Paige says: "I'm not baby crazy enough for this"
    "Loved everything about this book!"
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    To sum it up, the book is filled with warm fluffies. Definitely a chick-book! The book was lighthearted and fun. Discovering that you are a witch really messes with your brain. But again, I loved the book because of the love between the families, especially between parents and their children. I will definitely listen to the second book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tony Danza
    • Narrated By Tony Danza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (373)

    Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....

    Cheryl R Rowe says: "I may be a little biased, but ...."
    "Mesmerized!"
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    My husband was a shop teacher for 32 years. Many of those years were in an area of underprivileged kids with a pathetic home life. The shop teacher is often one of the most loved teachers in the school. He, like Mr. Danza, was faced with the especially troubled students in the school. Unfortunately, my husband is not willing to listen to this book, he experienced too many heartbreaking situations and is not interesting in being reminded of those students with troubled lives. I was hooked by this book within the first few minutes and was sad when it ended. I ache for kids who do not have a loving home life. The school was lucky to have Mr. Danza for a year and it was too bad that he was not able to stay longer. I am so glad that he shared his raw experiences in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (519)

    It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain.

    C. ALLINGER says: "Stiefvater does it again!"
    "Loved every charachter!"
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    This is a young adult series. I love all of the great people who are great characters who are funny and quirky.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bryant and May Off the Rails

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated By Tim Goodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    Internationally best-selling author Christopher Fowler dazzles audiences with his mastery of impossible-crime mysteries - and with the exploits of his beloved, odd-couple detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here, the eccentric investigators delve into London’s lore-infused subway to catch a killer.

    John says: "Not my cup of tea"
    "Unique Humor"
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    My scoring system: 3 stars equals an ok story but forgettable and will never relisten.
    Very British humor. I read "On the Loose" first as someone else suggested. It helped to understand the story of "Mr. Fox" . I have mixed feelings on the narrator, he is rather monotone however, it matches Bryant and May well. I did laugh at the run down headquarters in both books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left Neglected

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Sarah Paulson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (110)

    Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children—Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus.

    Susie says: "Another hit for Lisa Genova"
    "Mind Tricks"
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    I have a brain disease also so I was drawn in immediately. I completely understand how frustrating it is to know that what you are seeing is not correct. I wanted to listen to it in one sitting and I was able to get a lot of house cleaning accomplished and the time flew by. I also enjoyed the fact that this is a family of love. The kids were high priority and the husband stuck with her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orbit

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John J. Nance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    For Kip Dawson, winning a passenger seat on American Space Adventure's first commercial spaceflight is a dream come true. One grand shot of insanity and he can return to earth fulfilled. It's a bittersweet moment of triumph, however, muted by his wife's terror over his accepting the prize. The day of the launch, Kip tries to reconcile his wife's and daughters' fears and even tries calling his estranged son, to no avail. He sets off, vowing to make amends upon his return. But a successful launch quickly morphs.

    Karl says: "A delightful listen!"
    "* Spoiler Alert"
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    This is a fascinating book, entirely different than I expected. It is similar to "The Truman Show" in the way that the entire world is involved in his thoughts and he is unaware. His honesty and raw feelings change lives. This is very thought provoking.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Good Knight: Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    Traditionally, marauding dragons are soothed only by a virgin sacrifice. And so practical-minded Princess Andromeda - with the encouragement of her mother's court - reluctantly volunteers to do her duty, asking only for a sword to defend herself. Well, her offer is accepted, but the weapon isn't forthcoming, and so Andromeda faces the dragon alone.

    Catherine Lattery says: "Not exactly what I expected"
    "SO GOOD!"
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    I am so happy to find this series! Virgin sacrifice, dragons, I really did not see the twists coming. Just a cute story. I was happy that this book did not have the detailed romantic encounters of the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • These High, Green Hills: The Mitford Years, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (155)

    At last, Mitford's rector and lifelong bachelor, Father Tim, has married his talented and vivacious neighbor, Cynthia. Now, of course, they must face love's challenges: new sleeping arrangements for Father Tim's sofa-sized dog, Cynthia's urge to decorate the rectory Italian-villa-style, and the growing pains of the thrown-away boy who's become like a son to the rector.

    Sara says: "Another pleasant read"
    "Phenomenal!"
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    I have listened to the series a few times and this book is the one that really stands out and stays in my heart. Laughing 1 minute and sobbing the next. So many lives are changed.
    Lace and Poo Ball, Aunt Sadie, Dooley and Poo Ball's mother, Sissy and Sassy. Great people, a few who are from a living condition that is abhorrent and unimaginable. I "love" the love between the Father and Cynthia, so sweet. I also love that this series is Christian and has powerful morals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fairy Godmother: Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (279)

    Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella - until an accident of fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! Determined not to remain with her stepfamily, Elena set out to get a new job - and ended up becoming the Fairy Godmother for the land. But "Breaking with Tradition" was no easy matter. True, she didn't have to sleep in the chimney, but she had to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who kept trying to rise above their place in the tale.

    Captain Skurvy says: "An excellent start to a new series"
    "Cute Story"
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    This was better than I expected! I have found a new series to listen to. My one complaint is the unnecessary, explicit romantic moments. This would be a cute story for the YA readers if only it didn't have the "R" rating. The story however was light, fun, and creative. "Cinder" is a cute, clean book with the Cinderella style.
    I like:
    The test of the 3 brothers and the outcome of each.
    The very last chapter with the accountability of the "evil step-mother and sisters."
    The unique twist telling the role of a Fairy Godmother.
    The Unicorns, Brownies, and other Fae creatures.
    I liked the narrator.

    I am anxious to immediately start reading the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home in Mitford: The Mitford Years, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (254)

    It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable. Yet Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that's 60 years old.

    Shirley says: "You wish you lived there and knew these people"
    "Makes my heart smile!"
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    I am starting to listen to the series for the second time. The writer and narrator combo is perfection. I love each character! Each book includes giggles and tears. It has been probably 5 years since I first read the series. I enjoy listening for the second time, knowing each person already and I look forward to the stories that I will enjoy again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (5855)
    Performance
    (4224)
    Story
    (4243)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Can I give it 10 stars?"
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    I just finished listening to this book for the second time. I really enjoy WWII books and this one is is so touching. The point of view from "Death", the view from a young orphan girl, the vivid people from the town both rich and poor, the bombing raids, destitute people who are trapped with no hope of a better life, love, fear, anger, hiding a Jew in the basement, it is all included. Mr. Zusak is a wordsmith! His story telling just drew me in. Also Mr. Corduner is the perfect narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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